A MAN who tried to outwit police officers by throwing away a stash of heroin has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

Jordan Jackson, 26, of Hoyland, tried to escape arrest when officers from Barnsley South Neighbourhood Team (NPT) approached his front door.

He threw a package containing heroin over a garden fence, however as officers entered the rear of the property they witnessed his act and captured it on body-worn cameras.

Due to the footage and the testimony of officers, Jackson pleaded guilty at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on January 26 to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply heroin.

On Wednesday he appeared before Sheffield Crown Court and was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

Sergeant David Wilks, from the Barnsley South NPT, said: “I hope Jackson’s sentence highlights that those who think they’re above the law and can outwit officers will be punished, but I also hope it demonstrates to our communities that we will take action.

“Although it may not feel like we act on intelligence straight away, all information shared with us enables us to build a bigger picture and understanding so we strike at the right time and have the compelling evidence we need to put forward.

“We will work with Barnsley Council to temporary or permanently close properties to reduce drug use and antisocial behaviour and we have now secured a full closure order against this property, meaning no-one can enter the premises, apart from the homeowner.

“This is a great result for the Hoyland community.”